balk·​line | \ ˈbȯ-ˌklīn How to pronounce balkline (audio) \

Definition of balkline

1 : a line across a billiard table near one end behind which the cue balls are placed in making opening shots
2a : one of four lines parallel to the cushions of a billiard table dividing it into nine compartments
b : a billiards game that sets restrictions in scoring caroms according to these lines

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Recent Examples on the Web The main carom billiards games are straight rail, balkline and especially three cushion billiards. John Torsiello,, "Cue the fun: Give the game of pool a shot," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of balkline

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Balkline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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